Want To Be An NPR Intern?

Who Should Apply:

Any student (undergraduate or graduate) or person who has graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start of the internship period to which he/she is applying. Interns must be authorized to work in the United States.

Apply Here

Read position descriptions and apply for internships on the Intern and Fellowship Career Portal below.

Internship career Portal
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How to Apply:

Visit the Intern and Fellowship Career Portal. Select from the internships listed to read a complete description and requirements of the position. Through the portal you'll be able to complete profile information, upload resume, cover letter, and writing samples.

To apply for multiple positions at once, submit all application materials to up to three internships each semester. If you are loading multiple cover letters, name the file with the specific internship title.


Internships Typically Offered

Programs:
All Things Considered, Morning Edition (DC and NPR West), Code Switch, Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! (Chicago)

News Units:
National, Arts, Science, Social Media, Washington Desks, Planet Money (New York Bureau), NPR Music, News Apps

Digital:
News, Arts and Entertainment Editorial, Picture and Multimedia

Corporate:
Marketing/Communications, Finance, Development, IT, Legal, Ombudsman, Development, Sponsorship, Business Development, Library, Distribution, Digital Services (Boston)

When to Apply and Important Dates

Internships are offered three semesters throughout the year: winter/spring, summer and fall.

Winter/Spring 2016: Application Deadline: October 30, 2015

Internship candidates should apply between October 19-October 30, 2015.

November 23-Dec 4, 2015- Offer letters and acceptances will be sent.

January 11, 2016 - Internship begins

May 6, 2016 - Internship ends

Summer 2016: Application Deadline: February 26, 2016

June 6, 2016 – Internship begins
August 5, 2016 – Internship ends

Check Out The Intern Accounts

Fall 2016: Application Deadline: July 15, 2016

September 12, 2016 – Internship begins
December 16, 2016 – Internship ends


Internship Opportunities

A learning experience like no other. The NPR internship program has a rich history, helping us discover nearly 10% of our current staff including Ari Shapiro, Audie Cornish, Guy Raz and many more.

From Day 1, interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities. Working alongside top professionals in the field, interns do meaningful work across a variety of departments at NPR. Find out how you can contribute your diverse talents to gain invaluable experience at the heart of a thriving multimedia organization.

Interns at NPR play a vital role in NPR's daily operations in almost every division of the organization - from NPR News and Music, to Communications and Engineering.

Descriptions of all NPR's internships can be found on the Intern and Fellowship Career Portal.

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NPR's interns cooling with CEO Jarl Mohn on a hot day.

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Application Process

Who We Want:

We are looking for students and recent graduates who are smart and creative, good researchers and excellent writers. Interns need to both work well on diverse teams and thrive with individual assignments.

Candidates don't need to know everything about NPR or public radio, but it helps to be at least a little familiar. And it doesn't hurt to love NPR.

For more details on unique requirements for individual internship positions (cover letter, writing sample, design portfolio for example), see the internship descriptions for more details.

Internship Details

Pay and Academic Credit:
Candidates don't need to know everything about NPR or public radio, but it helps to be a least a little familiar. And it doesn't hurt to love NPR.

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Interns are expected to work full time (40 hours per week). However, during winter/spring and fall semesters, part-time interns (at least 20 hours per week) will also be accommodated.

All interns receive a stipend, prorated based on the hours per week and the length of the internship period.

Winter/Spring (40 hrs/wk for 16 weeks): a max of $6,080
Summer (40 hrs/wk for 10 weeks): a max of $4,200
Fall (40 hrs/wk for 16 weeks): a max of $6,080

Interns may also receive academic credit. NPR doesn't offer transportation or housing assistance.

Locations:

Internship positions are offered at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C.; NPR West in Culver City, CA; at the New York and Chicago Bureaus; and in Boston, MA. The location is listed in each of the internship descriptions.

Many Member Stations offer internships of their own: check your local station's website for details.

Questions?

If you have more questions about the NPR internships program, email: internship@npr.org